The Diamond Partner status is a major statement of positioning and intent by Severino Pušić and The SEVA Group, which harbours ambitions to be in the top 20 travel retailers over the next five years.

The SEVA Group, the fast-expanding travel retail store owner, brand distribution & brand owner group founded by entrepreneur Severino Pušić in 1997, has become a Diamond Partner for the inaugural Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo.

The Diamond Partner status is a major statement of positioning and intent by Severino Pušić and The SEVA Group. Building on its strong brand distribution base and excellent retailer relationships, the company has ambitions to be in the top 20 travel retailers over the next five years, via a combination of new openings; concession gains and acquisitions.

The group, based in Roermond, The Netherlands, has additional operations in Panama; Australia; Dubai; and a state-of-the art warehouse and global distribution centre in Croatia. The SEVA Group also opened its first duty free store in 2018 – in Metković, on the Croatian road border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Severino Pušić with Martin Moodie at the late 2018 opening of SEVA Duty Free in Metković on the Croatian road border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The company harbours ambitions to be among the world’s top 20 travel retailers in the next five years, on top of its distribution and supply business.

The SEVA Group are also brand owners, producing 200,000 cases of wine per year through the Rubis winery in Bosnia and Herzegovina and have the exclusive distribution rights to Samsonite brands in Middle East travel retail through their IMEA specialist subsidiary Organico Travel Retail.

Severino Pušić, Group Chairman and Founder of The SEVA Group, said: “Our business was founded on the principles of innovation, regeneration, and sustainable partnerships,  so the Virtual Travel Retail Expo is a great match for us on all levels.

“We are looking forward to giving our full support to Martin, Dermot and the team as we navigate through the unchartered waters of the next few months. We know that together we will be able to create something that gives our sector not just energy and optimism, but the tools to succeed in our new world.”

The SEVA Group IMEA Managing Director Roger Jackson said: “The SEVA Group are delighted to be partnering with The Moodie Report on this ground-breaking industry initiative. Having had the pleasure of working within travel retail for over ten years I know how important this Expo will be for suppliers, retailers and distributors to reconnect and discuss execution that will excite our consumers and ensure they visit travel retail outlets as soon as it is safe for travel.”

The SEVA Group Managing Director Europe & LATAM Laura Klingeman said: “We are really looking forward to inviting all of our customers and brand partners from around the world to share our exciting plans.”

The SEVA Group joins China Duty Free Group as a Diamond Partner of the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo

This panorama shows the Knowledge Hub (home to the Symposium, Workshops and Awards); the Exhibition Hub (the Expo itself); and the Experience Hub (incorporating a multi-category Engagement Zone). Note new additions, the Press Centre, Association Lounge (there to support our vital trade associations) and Help Centre.

Brands will be able to curate online-2-offline masterclass experiences to a diverse global audience through the Engagement Zone

The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie said: “We’re delighted to welcome The SEVA Group to a select band of Diamond Partners for our pioneering Virtual Travel Retail Expo.

“Having visited the group’s headquarters last year; attended the Metković store opening in 2018; and toured the Ploče warehouse and Rubis winery, I know full well Severino’s combination of passion, persistence and commitment to excellence that has driven The SEVA Group’s impressive rise over the past 23 years. The next stage of that journey is going to be fascinating to watch and we’re honoured that such a progressive player has joined forces with this pioneering event.”

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